IN ELITE COMPANY! Ashleigh Barty Joins Serena Williams, Steffi Graf and Others In Astonishing Record

Published 11/01/2021, 8:38 AM EDT
Aug 19, 2021; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) celebrates winning her match against Victoria Azarenka (BLR, not pictured) during the Western and Southern Open at the Lindner Family Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports


Ashleigh Barty has been one of the most dominant forces on the WTA tour in recent years. The Australian has consistently put in excellent performances and maintained her spot at the top of the world rankings. The two-time Grand Slam champion has now added another feather to her cap. 

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Ashleigh Barty becomes the 8th woman to spend 100 weeks at World No. 1

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Recently, Ashleigh Barty achieved an incredible feat. The Australian tennis player has managed to hold onto the top spot in the WTA Rankings for a staggering 100 (non-consecutive) weeks. In doing so, she has joined an elite list which includes players such as Serena Williams, Steffi Graf, and Chris Evert. 

For Barty to be mentioned in the same list as Williams, Graf, and even Martina Navratilova is a huge achievement in itself. The only other players on the list are – Chris Evert, Martina Hingis, Monica Seles, and Justine Henin, making the Australian star only the 8th player to reach this incredible landmark.  

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Barty’s run in the 2021 season

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The Australian player has played sensational tennis this season. She won the WTA 1000 event in Miami and followed that by beating Czech player Karolina Pliskova in the final of the Wimbledon Championships. She won the Championships for the first time in her career. In doing so, she cemented her rankings right at the top. 

LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 10: Ashleigh Barty of Australia celebrates with coach Craig Tyzzer after winning her Ladies’ Singles Final match against Karolina Pliskova of The Czech Republic on Day Twelve of The Championships – Wimbledon 2021 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 10, 2021 in London, England. (Photo by Peter Nicholls – Pool/Getty Images)

After that, she won the Cincinnati Masters and looked in good form, moving into the US Open this season. Sadly, she lost in the third round of the final Grand Slam event of the season.

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As she is the top-ranked player, she was expected to compete in the season-ending WTA Finals this season. However, Barty will not be competing at the event in Guadalajara. Hopefully, she will make a strong comeback at the Australian Open next year.  

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a Tennis author at EssentiallySports. Rohan has studied Sports Management and has a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering Tennis and Formula One.

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